Right Track Reading Lesson 20 Homework

The following outline details the content covered in Right Track Reading Lessons: A Highly Effective Step-by-Step Direct Systematic Phonics Program 2nd Edition.  

Table of Contents: The table of contents can be previewed at Preview Title Page and Table of Contents.

Introduction/Background & Essential Information: The introduction portion of the book provides the parent or teacher with essential background information to empower them to lead their children or students to reading success. The introduction section includes:

  • Preface & Overview of Reading:  (pages 5-9) This section provides an overview of teaching children to read. It includes background on the English language, the biologic process of proficient reading, an explanation of how individuals learn to read proficiently, why reading is difficult for many children and the evidence of effective reading programs developing proficient reader phonologic processing. This section helps you understand how proficient reading works. Preview Preface and Overview of Reading
  • Skills Necessary For Proficient Reading:  (pages 10-15) This section describes the skills and elements necessary for developing proficient reading. It explains the fundamental skills necessary for proficient phonologic processing processing (phonemic awareness, tracking, blending, knowledge of the written code and attention to detail), the development of correct efficient phonologic processing and an overview of the higher level skills (building fluency, handling multisyllable words, developing comprehension and expanding vocabulary).  Preview Skills Necessary for Proficient Reading

Explanation and Specific Instructions for Right Track Reading Lessons: (pages 23-47) This section explains the overall structure and format of the reading lessons, describes the materials needed, and provides detailed instructions for conducting the specific activities and lessons to build necessary skills. This expanded section includes details for the activities as well as effective techniques to correct common errors and help the child build skills. This expanded section includes photos to illustrate word building with the tiles.  A detailed outline of the lesson content is also included.

Reading Lessons: (page 48-320)  The reading program is arranged into carefully designed lessons structured for individual instruction. The reading lessons are organized into 10 sections starting with foundational skills and then systematically advancing through higher level skills. The lessons use a variety of targeted multisensory activities to directly teach all skills necessary for proficient reading.  See structure and design of Right Track Reading Lessonsfor additional detail. These well organized and easy to use reading lessons give you the tools to teach your student necessary reading skills and directly help them achieve success.   A brief overview and description of the various sections for the reading lessons include:


  • Section 1- Basic Sounds & Foundational Skills: (Lessons 1-26)  These initial lessons directly teach the basic sounds and the critical subskills necessary for proficient phonologic processing. This section emphasizes the essential skills of phonemic awareness, directional tracking and proper blending. This section builds the basic foundation so your child develops phonologic processing pathways, the key to proficient reading.  Your child learns to correctly read and spell simple phonetic words. (The words are decodable and include all the consonants, the short vowel sounds, and common digraphs including th, ch, sh, wh, ck). Common irregular words (including said, was, to, do, of, what and who) are also directly taught to the child. The type of decodable sentences that your child will be able to accurately read by the end of this section include the sentences such as “The frog can swim fast and then jump up on the rock.”, “Pick up the red pen that fell off the desk.”, and “This is a fun math class.”  The direct systematic instruction insures your child is literally on the right track and developing the correct neural pathways for proficient reading. To view initial lessons and how rapidly foundational skills are established,  Preview Reading Lessons 1 & 2  and  Preview Reading Lesson 16 and Preview Reading Lesson 17.
  • Section 2 - Additional Sounds:- (Lessons 27-38) These lessons directly and systematically teach some of the initial complexities including the /z/ sound for s (has, his, as and plural /z/ sound dogs, kids.), the single vowel long vowel sounds (he, me, she, go, no, old, most, wild, find, rang, bank), the modified vowel sounds such as the a+ll /all/ sound and w+a modified sounds (wash, wasp, swap), the important complexities of y /y/, /ee/ and /ie/, and several other sounds such as ing and ink. These lessons include further practice with blended consonants and additional practice with previously learned sounds. By the end of these lessons your child will be able to accurately read a sentence such as “My pup can fetch. If you toss up a stick, she will bring it back to you. She will also fetch a ball.” and “Did you find the red and black lady bug on this plant?”.  Spelling skills also develop and advance with the direct instruction. Preview Reading Lesson 36
  • Section 3 - Vowel Combinations (Lessons 39-69): This section directly and systematically teaches the child 26 different vowel combinations (ee, oa, ai, ay, a_e, oy, ea, ow, ou, and 17 other vowel combinations). These lessons teach the complexities of our language in a direct systematic manner. The child learns and practices each vowel combination. Reading and spelling skills advance rapidly as the child learns the vowel combinations. Although the vocabulary is still controlled to include decodable text that has been specifically taught, the child’s knowledge is quickly expanding. An example of the type of sentences that your child should be able to accurately read by the end of this section include “The book that I just read was great. You should read it also. It was about a boy who went on a trip to Alaska with his grandpa. You would like it!”  and “I made a note in my book reminding me to study my math. We will be taking a big test soon. I will be ready if I study.”  To view a lesson on teaching vowel combinations, Preview Lesson 42
  • Section 4 - R-Controlled Vowel Combinations (Lessons 70-85): These lessons directly and systematically teach the r-controlled vowel combinations (ar, or, er, ur, ir, ear, are, air… and the other r-controlled vowel combinations). These lessons continue to teach the child the complexities of the English language. After completing this section, your child will be able to read most words. The following is an example of the sentences/paragraph that your child will read at the end of these lessons: “I learned all about the eastern bluebird. They live in open areas, farmland and even in suburbs. The birds nest in tree holes. They also like bird houses. The male bluebird is bright blue. The females are much paler.” To view a lesson on  teaching r-controlled vowel combinations, Preview Lesson 77
  • Section 5 - Silent  Letters, Infrequent Sounds and Practice Common Endings (Lessons 86-98): These lessons include direct instruction in a few additional complexities (mb, dge, wr, kn, ph, and infrequent silent letter combinations). This section also includes extra specific practice in the common endings -ing, -er, -est, plural endings, and the -ed past tense verb endings. By the time you have completed these lessons with your child, he/she should be able to read most words. An example of text that your child reads at the end of this section is  “Snowshoe hairs change their coat color. In the fall, the brown summer coat slowly changes to white tipped hair. When they are white it hard to see them in the snow. Often all you can see are the tracks” You will have directly taught your child how to read our printed language. You can now work on the more advanced skills of fluency, comprehension and vocabulary that follow accurate decoding.
  • Section 6 - Reading Multisyllable Words (Multisyllable Lessons 1-12): These lessons teach your child how to handle the more complex multisyllable words. The majority of English words are multisyllable so it is critical to be able to read them easily. Many children struggle with the step from the ‘short’ ‘easy’ words to the ‘long’ ‘hard’ words. This section teaches the child how to handle these more difficult words by breaking the word down into syllables and provides guided practice breaking words down and recognizing common patterns. These lessons include specific instruction and practice in the most common prefixes and suffixes.  Twenty prefixes account for 97% of the prefixed words so teaching and practicing these common affixes helps both reading fluency and vocabulary. These lessons also include direct instruction in some of the more complex endings such as -tion that were not directly taught in previous lessons. This section greatly improves reading skill. Children completing these sections should be able to accurately read middle school level material. (This section of advanced lessons typically conducted children who are 2nd grade & older.) To see portion of a multisyllable lesson Preview Reading Multisyllable Words Lesson 4
  • Section 7: Instructions for Guided Reading: Guided reading has significant beneficial impact on reading skills and is especially important in remediation. Daily guided reading is an important part of this reading program. This section explains guided reading and gives you specific instructions of how to conduct guided oral reading with your student.
  • Section 8: Building Fluency: This section explains what fluent reading is, how individuals develop fluency and provides information so you can help your student develop fluency.
  • Section 9: Developing Reading Comprehension Skills: This section provides an overview of reading comprehension and lists specific actions you can use to help students acquire reading comprehension skills and strategies. Directions and examples of techniques and activities you can use to advance comprehension are provided.
  • Section 10: Expanding Vocabulary Knowledge: This final section of the reading program overview vocabulary development and provides specific actions you can use to help your child or student expand their vocabulary knowledge. This section also includes a list of common Greek and Latin root words.

Spelling Section- Spelling Lessons: (page 321-338) This portion of the program provides a general overview of spelling and gives tips on how to teach your child to spell. Spelling has been taught throughout the program as ‘word writing’ changing sounds to print. Upon completing the reading lessons portion of the program your child should be a good phonetic speller. This section goes beyond the phonetic understanding of our language to specific spelling information. Helpful spelling guidelines and patterns are listed. These are not ‘rules’ to be memorized but rather guidelines and explanations that make spelling much easier.  The spelling instruction is organized into 31 specific spelling lessons. Preview Right Track Reading Spelling Lessons 1-8.

APPENDICIES: (page 339-359)

  • Appendix A -  Sound Pronunciation Table: This appendix provides a table of all the phonograms and correct sound pronunciation(s). The table includes the phonogram (letter or letters), the sound or sounds it represents, notes on the pronunciation with an example of the sound within a word, and any notes of caution with pronunciation.  This appendix also includes tips for helping a child correctly pronounce specific sounds.
  • Appendix B - Lesson Progress Chart: A simple chart to record your student’s progress through the reading program. .
  • Appendix C - Letter Formation Instructions: This appendix provides general instructions on correct letter formation. It includes directions for writing d, b, p to avoid letter confusion.
  • Appendix D - Teaching/Learning Capital Letters: This appendix provides information on teaching capital letters to a young child.
  • Appendix E - Supplmental Activities Oral Sound Blending: This appendix provides supplemental oral sound blending activities for those children who need additional practice to master this essential skill.
  • Appendix F - Supplemental Phonemic Awareness Activities: Supplemental phonemic awareness activities are provided. This includes specific activities to help children distinguish the similar short /e/ and /i/ sounds.
  • Appendix G - Table summarizing spelling patterns for sounds: This useful resource lists the spelling patterns/alternatives for each sound. Examples are given for each spelling pattern. The spelling patterns are listed in order of frequency.  This is an excellent spelling reference resource!

Read the Key Features and Benefits of Right Track Reading Lessons to see why this program is so effective in helping your child achieve reading success. Additional information is found on the the Preview Right Track Reading Lessons page.


To learn about the highly effective reading remediation program designed to help older students (3rd grade and up and adults)  who struggle with reading acquire necessary skills, overcome reading difficulty and achieve reading success see Preview Back on the Right Track Reading Lessons    

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